WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBO 115-pound champ Naoya “Monster” Inoue (13-0, 11 KOs) will invade the US for the first ...

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Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside Photos: Robert Hughes In the main event Saturday night, outside on Tostitos Championship Plaza at The Star in Frisco, ...

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Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

By Miguel Maravilla WBA, IBF, WBO light heavyweight champion Andre Ward and former champ Sergey Kovalev spoke about their rematch Saturday night at ...

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Full Report: Shields pounds LeBlanc

Full Report: Shields pounds LeBlanc

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By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside WBA Interim Light Heavyweight titlist Dmitry Bivol (11-0, 9 KOs) continued to bolster his credentials ...

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Weights from Rhode Island

Fatlum Zhuta 162 vs. Cameron Burroughs 159
Kendrick Ball Jr. 165.5 vs. Demetrius Thomas 162
Irvin Gonzalez 130 vs. Mike Heffelfinger 133
Marqus Bates 144 vs. Miguel Ortiz 146
Adrian Sosa 142.5 vs. Lamont White 142

Venue: Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I.
Promoter: CES Boxing

Fatlum Zhuta 162 vs. Cameron Burroughs 159 Kendrick Ball Jr. 165.5 vs. Demetrius Thomas 162 Irvin Gonzalez 130 vs. Mike …


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Canelo vs. Smith final presser quotes

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By Jeff Zimmerman and Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Robert Hughes

Below are highlight quotes from Thursday’s Canelo vs. Smith final press conference:

Canelo Alvarez: “A lot of you may not know Liam Smith, but we know Liam Smith and how dangerous and tough he is.”

Liam Smith: “We’re here to win Saturday and put on a good show for both my fans and Canelo’s.”

Gabriel Rosado: “I want to knock Willie out…I’m gonna bring a knockout on the 17th, I promise.”

Willie Monroe Jr: “Fighting a slick lefty isn’t the easiest thing to do in the business, but you’ve got two warriors here that want to get it on.”

Joseph Diaz Jr: “I’ve had a great training camp and I’m ready to put on an exciting show for everyone.”

Andrew Cancio: “I’m going to leave it all on the line like I usually do.”

Diego de la Hoya: “Mexico is going to take this victory and we will yell ‘Viva Mexico!'”

Luis Orlando Del Valle: “If you want to make some money, bet on me.”

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By Jeff Zimmerman and Miguel Maravilla Photos: Robert Hughes Below are highlight quotes from Thursday’s Canelo vs. Smith final press …



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Głowacki-Usyk: WBO championship face-off in Gdańsk

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Watanabe wins WBO ASPAC 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat

Aggressive Japanese, formerly WBC youth champ Takuya Watanabe (30-6-1, 16 KOs), 130, acquired the vacant WBO ASPAC belt when he withstood a furious assault of Thailander Amin Sor Wangmoo (14-2-2, 11 KOs), 130, in the second, fought back hard and halted him with a barrage of punches with the referee Surat’s intervention at 2:13 of the sixth round on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Watanabe became the second WBO ASPAC titlist, following 140-pounder Akihiro Kondo’s coronation on the previous night. Amin caught Watanabe with a wicked overhand right and had him reeling with rubbery legs in the second. Watanabe, however, regained his rhythm and power to batter the taller Thailander in every session thereafter. The ref finally declared a halt to save the loser from further punishment.

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The scheduled main event, WBO ASPAC middleweight title bout between current Japanese champ Hikaru Nishida and ex-OPBF ruler Makoto Fuchigami was disappointingly cancelled because of Nishida’ unexpected accident three days before the fight. Nishida very unfortunately fell down the stairs of his Kawasaki Nitta Gym and had the head and cuirass hurt badly on Sunday, three days before the regional title bout with ex-OPPF titlist Makoto Fuchigami. Nishida, even on the next day, complained of dizziness and nausea after having MRI test, and the promoter Shosei Nitta made up his mind to cancel one of dual WBO ASPAC title bout.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos: Boxing Beat Aggressive Japanese, formerly WBC youth champ Takuya Watanabe (30-6-1, 16 KOs), 130, acquired the …


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Undefeated cruiserweights Bujaj and Bejeneru battle November 4th on ShoBox

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Stivens Bujaj (16-0-1, 11 KOs) fighting out of Yonkers, NY by way of Kelmend, Albania, meets Constantin Bejenaru (11-0, 3 KOs) born in Ungheni, Moldova and now fighting out of Catskill, NY, for the vacant WBC International and Continental Americas cruiserweight titles on Friday, November 4th in a televised ShoBox feature attraction at the Omega Center in Corona, California.

Bujaj, a former two-time New York Golden Gloves champion, previously held the NYS cruiserweight and US WBC titles.

In May of 2014 Bujaj battled unbeaten Junior Wright to a draw in another attempt to win the then vacant WBC International cruiserweight crown. Bujaj suffered a broken jaw in that match and, subsequently, underwent shoulder surgery that resulted in laying off all of 2015. (more…)

Stivens Bujaj (16-0-1, 11 KOs) fighting out of Yonkers, NY by way of Kelmend, Albania, meets Constantin Bejenaru (11-0, 3 …


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Yamanaka, Moreno, Hasegawa, Ruiz make weight

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Photos: Sumio Yamada

Shinsuke Yamanaka 118 vs Anselmo Moreno 117.75
Hozumi Hasegawa 122 vs Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz 122

Venue: Edion Arena, Osaka, Japan

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Photos: Sumio Yamada Shinsuke Yamanaka 118 vs Anselmo Moreno 117.75 Hozumi Hasegawa 122 vs Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz 122 Venue: Edion …



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Canelo Media Day: Undercard Quick Quotes

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By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Robert Hughes

Sadam Ali

On his last fight with Jesse Vargas when he got knocked out
I don’t want to take any credit away from him but I feel like the fight I should have won.  Maybe I should have been more prepared or my style should have been a little bit different.  I am not sure.  He did get the win, he was the better man that night.  You live and you learn.
Was that a lost opportunity for you even though you are back on a big card.
It’s beautiful to be back on this stage, but I definitely like that was a big loss opportunity.  A world title fight, it gets no better than that.  That’s what most of us boxers wait for.  God has a plan for everybody is the way I look at it and I guess that plan wasn’t mine.  I just got a work my way back up that’s it.
On Vargas chances against Pacquiao
Pacquiao is a tough fighter to beat.  I am not sure, that’s a fight I just gotta watch. 

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Trainers Chepo Reynoso & Joe Gallagher Speak during Joint Roundtable

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By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Stacey Verbeek

On coming back to Texas, feeding off the fans on the big stage and at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.
Chepo Reynoso

A lot of it has to do with the fans. We appreciate the fans. It’s also the kind of fights Saul likes. He likes to stand in there, he likes to slug it out. As you know, as they say in boxing, styles make fights. With Liam Smith, a fighter that is tailor made for exciting fight. The kind of fighter that is going to make for an exciting fight. We’re looking forward to it. (more…)

By Jeff Zimmerman Photos: Stacey Verbeek On coming back to Texas, feeding off the fans on the big stage and …


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Canelo: Liam Smith fights, he exchanges so we will give the fans a great fight

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By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Robert Hughes

Fighting on the big stage in Texas at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.
I am very happy to be here in Texas, Texas is like a second home. I am very grateful for all the support and love.

Any problems making weight?
At 155, I feel really good. At 155 when I have been fighting, he morning of the weigh-in I wake up at 154. One pound, yes, its 1lb but I feel really good right now.

On the pageantry and ceremony and it being Mexican Independence Day Weekend and being here in Texas.
I am very happy. It’s obviously added pressure, but with hard work you can take that pressure in and turn it into a motivation and will be more than ready. (more…)

By Jeff Zimmerman Photos: Robert Hughes Fighting on the big stage in Texas at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas …


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Weights from Philadelphia

Thomas LaManna 146.1 vs. Dusty Hernandez-Harrison 146.8
(USBA Welterweight Title)
Ray Edwards 256 vs. Dan Pasciolla 245
Kenneth Sims Jr. 144.6 vs. Gilbert Venegas 144.5
Devin Haney 136 vs. Mike Fowler 132
LeRoy Davila 119.5 vs. Edgar Cortes 121.3
Malik Jackson 147.2 vs. Anthony Young 148.8
Jaron Ennis 143.3 vs. Eddie Diaz 144.1
Darryl Bunting 165.2 vs. Darryl Gause 162.5

Photo: Bryanna Carzao/Peltz Boxing
Photo: Bryanna Carzao/Peltz Boxing

Venue: 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, PA
Promoters: Final Forum, GH3 Promotions, Peltz Boxing
1st Bell: 8 PM ET
TV: CBS Sports Network (10 PM ET)

Thomas LaManna 146.1 vs. Dusty Hernandez-Harrison 146.8 (USBA Welterweight Title) Ray Edwards 256 vs. Dan Pasciolla 245 Kenneth Sims Jr. …



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Juan Francisco Estrada Vacates WBA Flyweight Title

Juan Francisco Estrada has vacated his WBA Super World flyweight title, the sanctioning body announced today, September 14.

Twenty-six-year-old Estrada has fought out of his native Mexico since 2008 (33-2, 24 KOs), winning the WBA belt (as well as the WBO World flyweight title) in April 2013 by beating Brian Viloria via split decision. He successfully defended five times, most recently last September by knocking out Hernan Marquez in the 10th. Never stopped, “El Gallo” hasn’t lost since November 2012 when undefeated Roman Gonzalez beat him by unanimous decision for the WBA World light flyweight title.

A hand injury that sidelined the champ for a year had apparently healed to such an extent that there was even talk of his training for a WBA-ordered title-unification bout with WBA World flyweight titlist Kazuto Ioka, tentatively scheduled for October or November. Indeed, had Estrada emerged victorious over Ioka, there would likely have been a match with WBO World light flyweight champ Donnie Nietes or a rematch with “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, WBC World flyweight titlist.

“People want those fights and so do I,” said Estrada recently. “We’ll see if they can happen.”

WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and the entire WBA Family wish the fighting “Rooster” all the best.

Juan Francisco Estrada has vacated his WBA Super World flyweight title, the sanctioning body announced today, September 14. Twenty-six-year-old Estrada …


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GGG-Brook, Chocolatito-Cuadras viewership numbers

Unified middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s, (36-0, 33KO’s) fifth round stoppage of previously undefeated “The Special One” Kell Brook, (36-1, 25KO’s) was viewed by a combined 1,436,000 viewers on HBO World Championship Boxing this past Saturday marking it as the most watched HBO boxing event in 2016 and the highest rated HBO international boxing telecast in many years viewed live by 843,000 fans and same-day rebroadcast by 593,000 viewers.

The thrilling victory by Golovkin was also viewed live on TV Azteca by 1,560,000 viewers in Mexico on Saturday afternoon. Golovkin’s fights are broadcast in over 100 countries which all reported strong viewership numbers for this event.

Golovkin’s 23rd straight knockout and his 17th world title defense took place at The O2 in London, England in front over a capacity crowd of over 19,000 fight fans as he retained his WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO Middleweight World Titles. (more…)

Unified middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s, (36-0, 33KO’s) fifth round stoppage of previously undefeated “The Special One” Kell Brook, …


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Glowacki: I have my health, strength and will…I have everything!

By Przemek Garczarczyk

WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “The Head” Głowacki, who will defend his belt this Saturday at the ERGO Arena in Gdańsk, Poland, against the undefeated and feared Oleksandr Usyk (9-0, 9 KOs), was all smiles at today’s open training. “I have my health, strength and will. I have everything needed to beat Usyk and keep my belt. Losing the title is not an option,” said ‘The Head,’ who showed a lot more confidence than Usyk did 24 hours earlier. Głowacki’s trainer Fiodor Lapin, who prefers to keep everything under wraps with his world champion, went almost 10 minutes of full pads in front of cameras…and the watchful eye of Usyk’s trainer James Ali Bashir.

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By Przemek Garczarczyk WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “The Head” Głowacki, who will defend his belt this Saturday at the ERGO …


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Yamanaka-Moreno/Ruiz-Hasegawa Presser Pics

Photos: Sumio Yamada

Fighters were on hand for the final press conference in Osaka, Japan, for Friday’s big WBC world title twinbill taking place at the Edion Arena.

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WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (25-0-2, 17 KOs) faces Anselmo Moreno (36-4-1, 12 KOs) in a rematch, and WBC super bantamweight champion Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz (36-3, 32 KOs) meets popular former world champion Hozumi Hasegawa (35-5, 15 KOs).

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Photos: Sumio Yamada Fighters were on hand for the final press conference in Osaka, Japan, for Friday’s big WBC world …



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Ivan Alvarez hits Santo Domingo

Photo: Team Alvarez
Photo: Team Alvarez

By Robert Coster

Mexican welterweight Ivan Alvarez arrived in the Dominican Republic yesterday, apparently very confident on the outcome of his clash this coming Friday against local favorite Carlos Adames. Alvarez (23-6, 16 KOs), a 5’11 southpaw, told Fightnews.com that “Adames is a good prospect but he will be way over his head when he steps in the ring against me. My experience will be the difference. I’m going to drag him into deep waters where he’s never been before.”

The fight, scheduled for 11 rounds, will be for the WBA Fedelatin title held by Adames (8-0, 7 KOs), who is ranked 14th by the WBA. Says Alvarez who has won 10 of his last 11 fights, “it makes me smile that a kid with eight fights is the champion and I’m the challenger. One thing I do know is that the Fedelatin belt is going on that plane back to Mexico.”

The card, promoted by Upper Promotions, is being held at the plush Jaragua Renaissance Hotel and Casino and will be televised (CDN channel).

By Robert Coster Mexican welterweight Ivan Alvarez arrived in the Dominican Republic yesterday, apparently very confident on the outcome of …


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Golden Boy inks two fighters

Golden Boy Promotions has announced the signing of featherweight standout Jesus Rojas (23-1-2, 16 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico and former amateur boxing star Marvin Cabrera of Mexico City. Rojas is scheduled to fight this Saturday for the vacant WBA Fedecaribe Featherweight title against Jesus “Chuito” Valdez (16-1-1, 6 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round fight at the Coliseo Hector Sola Bezarez in Caguas, Puerto Rico. The 23-year-old Cabrera, who is scheduled to make his professional debut on the October 7 edition of LA Fight Club, will compete in the super lightweight division and is trained and managed by former two-division world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon.

Golden Boy Promotions has announced the signing of featherweight standout Jesus Rojas (23-1-2, 16 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico and …


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Knockout Night at the D returns Sept 30

“Knockout Night at the D,” promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions, returns September 30 on CBS Sports Network outdoors from under the neon lights at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC). In The 10-round main event, Hanzel “Rude Boy” Martinez (23-2, 19 KOs) takes on Emmanuel Quartey (20-2, 19 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) International super bantamweight championship. Also unbeaten bantamweight Stephon “Showstopper” Young (14-0-3, 6 KOs) faces Tony Lopez, Jr. (11-1, 4 KOs) for the vacant WBA North American Boxing Association (NABA) title in the 10-round co-feature, while undefeated WBA-NABA USA super welterweight titlist John “The Phenom” Vera (14-0, 9 KOs) makes his first title defense against Milorad “Micko” Zizic (12-1, 6 KOs) in an 8-round bout.

“Knockout Night at the D,” promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions, returns September 30 on CBS Sports Network …


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Boesel-Averlant Final Press Conference

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke

WBO #1, WBA #7 rated light heavyweight contender Dominic Boesel (22-0, 8 KOs ) and Tony Averlant (24-8-2, 4 KOs) faced off at the final press conference for their clash on Saturday night at the Stathalle in Weissenfels, Germany. For Boesel, it could be his last bout before a world title challenge.

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Dominic Boesel: “This is an absolute homegame! I’m very happy that we are so close to my home town of Freyburg. My circle of friends were able to sell 800 tickets to my fans. With my belts in hand, after the fight I’m going to give Tony Averlant a friendly “Au Revoir.” He’s not going to take away my world title dream!”

Tony Averlant: “I am here to get this belt, so I’m going to win. We have studied and analyzed Dominic in detail. I’ve looked at a lot of videos and have specifically worked and prepared myself. I had extra long training preparations in southern France.”

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Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke WBO #1, WBA #7 rated light heavyweight contender Dominic Boesel (22-0, 8 KOs ) …


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Boxing returns to Idaho October 15th

By Ricardo Ibarra

After a lengthy drought of professional boxing in the State of Idaho, the first card scheduled to take place there in nearly five years is set. The newly formed Beat Boxing Promotions will present their inaugural card at the Clearwater River Casino in Lewiston, Idaho, Saturday, October 15th with eight pro bouts scheduled featuring fighters from the Pacific Northwest.

Former amateur stand-out Patrick Ferguson (4-0, 4 KOs) will look for his fifth win of the year in the eight round main event, taking on tough journeyman Leo Bercier (8-19-1, 4 KOs). Ferguson, who in 2015 claimed the U.S.A. National heavyweight amateur title, turned pro in April of this year and has claimed four wins since, securing all of those victories within two rounds. In his last fight he stopped former world title challenger Rubin Williams in the first round. (more…)

By Ricardo Ibarra After a lengthy drought of professional boxing in the State of Idaho, the first card scheduled to …


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LaManna knows fight with Harrison is a must win

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Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com

Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna, (21-1, 9 KOs), on the verge of his meeting with DC’s Dusty Hernandez Harrison, (29-0-1, 16 KOs), knows he’s in a must-win situation. The two will square off Thursday night in the 10-round main event at the 2300 Arena in South Philly. The vacant USBA welterweight title will be on the line and the fight will be nationally televised by the CBS Sports Network.

Although he’s just a 24 year old, 22-bout prospect, LaManna says that failure against Harrison would be quite damaging at this point in his career.

“There’s no option,” LaManna said. “There really is no option. I’m on record. I lose this, I’m an opponent. I’m no opponent.”

LaManna has more or less cruised through the majority of his professional run. However, the last time he seriously stepped up, against a streaking Antoine Douglas eighteen months ago, things didn’t go well. Douglas dominated the bout and dished LaManna his first defeat, a TKO in round six. That bout was nationally televised on Showtime’s ShowBox series. (more…)

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna, (21-1, 9 KOs), on …


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Ramirez KOs Watts in seven

In a clash of unbeaten jr welterweights, Eddie Ramirez (15-0, 10 KOs) recovered from the second round knockdown to knock out Kevin Watts (11-1, 4 KOs) in round seven on Tuesday night at the Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino in Nice, California. Watts dropped Ramirez with an uppercut in round two, but otherwise it was Ramirez who was bringing the heat. The end came in round seven when Ramirez blasted Watts to the canvas for the full ten with a barrage of punches. Time was 1:37.

Unbeaten super middleweight Marcos “The Madman” Hernandez (9-0, 2 KOs) outpointed Antonio Urista (7-2, 2 KOs) over eight rounds. Scores were 80-71, 80-71, 79-72. Urista was deducted a point in round five for spitting out his mouthpiece.

Unbeaten featherweight Leduan Barthelemy (11-0, 6 KOs) scored an eight round split decision over Ricardo Nunez (4-2, 2 KOs). Scores were 77-75, 77-75 for Barthlemy, 79-73 for Nunez.

In a clash of unbeaten jr welterweights, Eddie Ramirez (15-0, 10 KOs) recovered from the second round knockdown to knock …


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Rosado speaks: Saunders didn’t want a loss… holding the belt hostage

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By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Robert Hughes

“King” Gabe Rosado

On Billy Joe Saunders pulling out of his fight – He didn’t want to come out here and take a loss. It is what it is. If he was so confident that it was an easy fight, he would have took it, right. They don’t get no bigger than this. He didn’t want a loss so he’s just trying to capitalize on making a big check and holding the belt hostage. He’s just trying to cash out, he has no plans in defending the title. He just wants to cash out on the title.

If he considers himself the biggest star in boxing that’s not a champion – That’s interesting. If you say so. It’s funny, you know, my popularity is great. I just appreciate the fans for it, that they appreciate my style of fighting. They know I come and bring it and put it all on the line. It goes to show I’m the co-main event, it’s a big deal. There are lot of fans out there showing support. (more…)

By Jeff Zimmerman Photos: Robert Hughes “King” Gabe Rosado On Billy Joe Saunders pulling out of his fight – He …


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Liam Smith: I don’t think any 154 will bully me around the ring

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By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Robert Hughes

On how he feels fighting on the big stage, AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys – Very good. Not every fighter is asked to be on one that I was asked to be on. I am going to show why I was asked to fight in a fight of this magnitude.

On being the “road” fighter to Canelo’s home crowd advantage in Texas – He said this is his 2nd home, but I can’t wait. I can draw some fans from this fight myself once I beat Canelo Alvarez.

If he learned anything from Canelo’s KO of Amir Khan – I don’t really take anything from that fight. Canelo attitude was I am going to land sooner than later. That’s the way he went about his business in the fight looking for that one perfect shot. He went under and one did land and the fight was over. His reaction was about time. I don’t take no fear from the shot that knocked Amir out.

His motivation in this fight – I need no more motivation than what I have already drawn from my family. If I can’t get up for a fight with Canelo Alvarez then I don’t deserve to be at that level. (more…)

By Jeff Zimmerman Photos: Robert Hughes On how he feels fighting on the big stage, AT&T Stadium, home of the …


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Boxeo Telemundo Starts Fall Season Sept 30

The #1 rated boxing program on Spanish television, “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford,” will kick off its fall season on Friday, September 30 from the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City, Mexico. The main event is a “civil war” between national champions Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (31-11-1, 16 KOs) and Emanuel “Veneno” Dominguez (18-5-2, 12 KOs) who will face each other in a bout scheduled for ten rounds with Payasito’s Mexican national super bantamweight at stake. Hernandez (30), a former WBO interim champion, is ranked #5 WBO #5 WBC #10 WBA, has become a series favorite having fought 11 times only losing twice.

The action continues October 7 from the A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, Florida with another clash in the rivalry between Puerto Rico and Mexico. WBO #4 contender and NABO Champion Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (35) of San Juan, PR faces Luis “El Titan” Sanchez (24) of Cancun, Mexico. The fight is scheduled for ten rounds with Cruz’s lightweight belt on the line. Also on the card local favorite undefeated 22-year-old welterweight prospect “Hurricane” Sammy Valentin (7-0, 5 KOs). (more…)

The #1 rated boxing program on Spanish television, “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford,” will kick off its fall season on Friday, September …


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Usyk: Aggressive? Only in the ring…

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“You want to know, what I will do in the ring? It will be a simple tactic…but let’s wait. I’m keeping my aggression only for the ring. Why should I be angry when I’m not fighting?” said WBO #1 cruiserweight contender Oleksandr Usyk (9-0, 9 KOs), who met today with the press. Before the 2012 Olympic gold medalist tests his skills against WBO world champion Krzysztof Głowacki (26-0, 16 KOs) this Saturday at the ERGO Arena in Gdańsk, the Ukrainian star decided to show some power…

By Przemek Garczarczyk “You want to know, what I will do in the ring? It will be a simple tactic…but …


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Casimero: I’ll beat Chocolatito easy

Johnriel Casimero proudly displays the IBF flyweight title belt during a press conference held at the Victory Mall in Metro Manila. (Nick Giongco)
Johnriel Casimero proudly displays the IBF flyweight title belt during a press conference held at the Victory Mall in Metro Manila. (Nick Giongco)

By Nick Giongco

Johnriel Casimero, fresh from defending his IBF flyweight title on an emphatic tenth-round knockout of Charlie Edwards of England underneath the Gennady Golovkin headliner at the O2 Arena in London, says he can easily handle pound-for-pound king Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez.

“I can beat him easy,” said Casimero barely 24 hours after arriving in Manila from London with his team.

Casimero, who boosted his record to 23-3 with 15 KOs, saw how Gonzalez defeated Carlos Cuadras of Mexico and the Filipino puncher believes he has the tools and the ammo needed to mess up the undefeated Gonzalez.

Facing the press for the first time since mauling Edwards, Casimero insists Gonzalez seems to be dodging him “because I have been calling him out the longest time.”

Long-time boxing man Sammy Gello-ani, Casimero’s promoter, maintains that a Gonzalez showdown can wait. (more…)

By Nick Giongco Johnriel Casimero, fresh from defending his IBF flyweight title on an emphatic tenth-round knockout of Charlie Edwards …


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Photos: Top Rank

WBO welterweight world champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) prepares to run the trails at Mount Charleston in preparation for his November 5th clash against boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs). The bout will be for Vargas’ WBO welterweight title and will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Photos: Top Rank WBO welterweight world champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) prepares to run the trails at Mount Charleston …


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Ramirez Headlines ‘Fight for Water 6’ on UniMas

Unbeaten 2012 USA Olympian jr welterweight Jose Ramirez (18-0, 13 KOs) will headline a December 2 card at the Save Mart Center Arena in Fresno. The opponent is TBA. A previous card at Save Mart Center last year, also headlined by Ramirez, was a sell out at 13,100 – with 1,600 turned away. “There is no place like home for me to fight, this one is special for so many reasons but none more important than to bring awareness to serious issues going on right now,” said Ramirez. (more…)

Unbeaten 2012 USA Olympian jr welterweight Jose Ramirez (18-0, 13 KOs) will headline a December 2 card at the Save …


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Linares: Fans can’t get in the ring with Crolla

Jorge Linares has told Anthony Crolla that his hometown fans cannot help him in their unification clash for the WBA and WBC diamond lightweight titles at the Manchester Arena on September 24. “I love fighting in my opponent’s backyard with all the noise that comes with it from their fans,” said Linares. “The supporters cannot get in the ring with their fighter, it’s just me and him. When I first started to fight all over the world it took some time to adjust but now, it’s easy and I am confident doing it.

“The fans are excited for this one. We’re both world class fighters and World champions that are willing to fight each other, as we’re proving in this one. There’s no need to trash talk or build the fight up, it’s a great fight and there’s lots of respect between us. The best fighter on the night is going to win, and I think that’s going to be me.”

Jorge Linares has told Anthony Crolla that his hometown fans cannot help him in their unification clash for the WBA …


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Kondo awarded Japan’s first WBO Asia Pacific belt

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat, Joe Koizumi

Japanese veteran Akihiro Kondo (26-6-1, 13 KOs), 139.75, impressively acquired the WBO ASPAC (Asia Pacific) junior welterweight belt when he had durable Filipino Jeffrey Arienza (15-5-1, 9 KOs), 139, staggering, followed it up hard and scored a fine TKO victory at 1:20 of the eleventh round on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Kondo celebrated the inauguration of the very first WBO ASPAC title bout ever held in Japan since the regional championship was approved in Japan this August. It was a crowd-pleasing competitive contest, where they kept swapping punches incessantly toe-to-toe from the outset until the referee Nakamura’s intervention. Arienza, a persistent southpaw, maintained the pressure to the elusive Kondo, who utilized faster footwork and rained solid combinations to the midsection and to the face, piling up points steadily. The eighth saw both sustain a cut—Kondo over the right eyebrow and Arienza from the left optic.

In the fatal eleventh, Kondo caught up with the fading Arienza and exploded a solid right hook to the face to have him retreating to the ropes. Quickly swarming over him with a flurry of punches, Kondo attempted to finish the affair then and there, when the ref wisely called a halt. The official tallies after the tenth were as follows: Surat and Mekin (both from Thailand) both 97-93, Harada (Japan) 99-91, all for Kondo who displayed his best form, regaining the belt since he took the Japanese national 135-pound belt six years ago. Leon Panoncillo (US), the WBO ASPAC supervisor, jubilantly said, “It’s a very good fight and it was also good that the crowd enjoyed such a hard-fought contest. We express our heart-felt congratulations to the Japan’s first WBO ASPAC champion Kondo.”
Promoter: Ichiriki Promotions. photos

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat, Joe Koizumi Japanese veteran Akihiro Kondo (26-6-1, 13 KOs), 139.75, impressively acquired the …


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Saunders calls out GGG, after Oct 29 fight

WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) will defend his title against an opponent to be named on the October 29 Fury-Klitschko 2 card in Manchester, England. Saunders will be making the first defense of the belt he won against Andy Lee last December. “We’re looking at a couple of opponents Billy Joe Saunders on October 29th in Manchester then a big one after that,” said promoter Frank Warren. “Bill’s got to come through Oct 29th OK, he needs to get the ring rust off. Of course, we’re interested in the fight (against Golovkin).”

Saunders stated, “I always said I needed 18 months for the GGG fight after Eubank. It’s now time to test myself and see what I’m made of. This is not a fight I’ve got to take but it’s one I want to take. I’m ready to fight him wherever he wants. England, America or in a field…I’m fighting October 29th, give me a week off and then I’ll fight GGG straight away! I need one fight then I’m ready to go!

“The only thing that can get in the way of stopping this fight is his mandatory. Not on my behalf, I’m ready to fight him.”

Warren added, “We are in dialogue. There’s a will on both sides to make the fight happen. I’d prefer it in Britain.”

WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) will defend his title against an opponent to be named on …


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Only in boxing: Diablo vs. God’s Power

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Former WBC/IBF cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (51-3, 37 KOs) will return to the ring on November 5 in Krakow, Poland, versus hard hitting former WBC title challenger Olandrewaju “God’s Power” Durodola (23-3, 21 KOs) of Nigeria. The fight was announced last night on Polsat TV’s boxing magazine show “Puncher.” Włodarczyk -Durodola will one of the featured bouts on Polsat Boxing Night. Marian Kmita, Polsat Sports Director, was ready to announce the other main fight on the card … but it never happened.

Very rarely can boxing fans be part of what’s going on behind boxing, the usually closed doors negotiations. Especially not on live TV. This time, it happened on primetime in Poland. Marian Kmita was ready to present an interesting heavyweight clash between Mariusz Wach (32-2, 17 KOs) against up and coming Izu Ugonoh (16-0, 13 KOs) … when he received an email. “We reached our agreement two weeks ago. 17 negotiation points, money, transportation, etc – the normal part of making a boxing event. Everything was OK, but two hours before our live announcement, the very nice Ugonoh manager sends me an email. He said that they don’t want Ugonoh to fight Wach, because he’s too dangerous,” said the Polsat Sports Director. “Time for him (Ugonoh) to stop hiding behind his manager’s back and make a decision. We are still giving him time to think about it but only to the end of the week.” (more…)

By Przemek Garczarczyk Former WBC/IBF cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (51-3, 37 KOs) will return to the ring on November …


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WBA: Golovkin-Jacobs must happen within 120 days

The WBA has ordered Gennady Golovkin, its Super World middleweight champ, to next face Danny Jacobs, its World middleweight titlist, in a title match. “The 30-day negotiations period has started,” says WBA President Gilberto Mendoza Jr. “They have 120 days to do the fight.”

Should negotiations between Teams Golovkin and Jacobs collapse, the fight will go to purse bid.

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